TRC Medical School Report Card
In 2014 the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (the "TRC") called upon Canadian medical schools to respond to the undeniable health disparities that exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada. The TRC recognized that to address these disparities we must both increase the number of Indigenous medical students in Canada, and at the same time, appropriately educate non-Indigenous students about the history of Indigenous peoples on these lands. This education must include dialogue into how colonizing healthcare practices themselves have created these health disparities and must stress how it is all of our responsibility to close these gaps. Medical schools across Canada have now had nearly six years to respond to the TRC's calls to action.
The purpose of this survey was to give Indigenous medical students across the country an opportunity to provide feedback on how their schools are implementing the TRC's 23/24 calls to action. In this way students could identify what their schools are doing well and how they still need to improve. The results have been collected and analyzed. September 2020, medical schools will receive a report card with recommendations on how to better implement the TRC's 23/24 calls to action, with the ultimate goal being reconciliation and closing the healthcare gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
The survey and report card were created by Indigenous medical students with the support of IPAC. It is a response to the request of Indigenous students who attended the 2019 IPAC Gathering and AGM in St. John's Newfoundland. The report cards will be available on this page the third week of September.